Abbie Jeanne Bouman

    Abbie Jeanne Bouman

    Abbie was born July 28, 1933, in McMinnville, and died February 19, 2008, in Ashland.

    The oldest of six children of Roy and Marie Brainard, Abbie grew up in Coos Bay. She married Lane J. Bouman there and they soon after moved to Salem and then Eugene for several years. In 1967, they moved to Missoula, Mont. for two years, and then they moved to the suburban Maryland side of Washington, D.C., where they remained until retiring back to Ashland in 1990. She died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones.

    Abbie enjoyed reading, crocheting, bridge, bowling and golf. She was a veteran of the U.S. Army and worked for many years as an accountant in the late 60s and 70s. Prior to her passing, Abbie was the oldest existing member of the Coos Indian tribe.

    Preceded in death by her father and her middle brother, Roy O. Brainard, and by only 10 months by her mother, Abbie is survived by her husband, Lane, and her four children, James Bouman, of Ashland, Steve Bouman, of Fort Mohave, Ariz., Marie Bouman, of the Big Island of Hawaii, and Susan Bouman, of Ashland; two grandchildren; sisters, Florence Garcia, of Lancaster, Calif., Madeline Knowlton, of Anchorage, Alaska; and two brothers, Warren (Tom) Brainard, of Coos Bay, and David Brainard, of Florence.

    Family and friends will gather to pay tribute to Abbie sometime in mid-Summer. Exact time and place will be announced.

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